Monday, August 17, 2009

Three year birthday!

1,335... that's what post number this is... and if you noticed the little widget in the upper right hand corner of the blog... tomorrow (TODAY) is the third birthday of Coffee Tea Books & Me.

Wow, three years since Stephanie convinced me I should start a blog and I finally gave in. I was still homeschooling full time three years ago and teaching a world view class at the homeschool co-op. I really did have two kitties three years ago (I could never bring myself to change the "keeper of the kitties" in my profile after Storm's passing).

Christopher didn't have his driver's license at that time so I was driving him into town three or four nights a week for fencing lessons and such. Which is also why I got a lot more reading done (reading and waiting and reading and waiting, etc.). Not so very many years ago but also an eternity.

Blogger has come a long way from those days. It was not uncommon to type out a long post only to have it eaten up by Blogger when one pushed the Publish button... and we won't even revisit what it was like to publish pictures. It is now sooooo user friendly. :)

One of the reasons I started blogging was so Uncle Gibby could comment on what's going on in our world and sister Jean could see pictures. Jean is allergic to computers, I think she read the blog once or twice. Uncle Gibby read but didn't comment... he passed away last autumn... a very real loss to no longer see that familiar e-mail address in the Inbox.

What started as a way to chat about books and share pictures with my family has blossomed into sweet friendships all over the world. I have been humbled and awed by your compassion, friendship, and even generosity. Some share the same faith while others are as passionate about seeking simplicity, books, gardening, cooking, "coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon" as I am.

Happy birthday CTB&Me!!!!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know how long I have been privledged to come to this blog. Less than three years for sure. I have no plans of leaving though! :) Congratulations Brenda!! You are the first place I go each time I get on the net. You always inspire me. Your recommendations on your side bar are like an encyclopedia to places I go to for editional helps. I can trust our judgement. Thankyou again for all you do... Jody

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee



Happy Day Indeed! Your blog is such a blessing in my life!

cheri said...

Dear Brenda,

Congratulations!!! Like others your blog is a 'must stop' in my daily web wanderings. Thank you for being real, being inspirational and practical.

I am continually amazed and blessed by your blog. Blessings to you!

Rain said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!
I too am so glad for your little spot here on the web. And enjoy your insights very much.
Many blessings to you.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Dear Brenda, Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog.......I didn't begin reading it that long ago, but I know I began late in 2006 or early 2007 when the stuggles with my husband's illness were very heavy and your writing always seemed to inspire me and give me hope. You were a real light and still are and a blessing and still are. I don't think I found your blog by accident.....Thank you so much!

scrappy quilter said...

Brenda yours was one of the first blogs I visited, long before I had a computer at home (I used the libraries for almost 2 years). Yours was also the reason I thought I might enjoy blogging because I had so much fun reading it. You were an inspiration from day one and continue to be an inspiration to me. I am blessed to be able to visit you on a daily basis. Thank you for this wonderful blog. May you continue to share your heart with all of us. Hugs..Carol

Packrat said...

I love your blog. Congratulations on 3 years. (I've been gone, so haven't read the 10 or so. Need to catch up!)

matty said...

Hooray, Brenda! I am so proud of "knowing" you through your blog. You are like a secret pal, you know? I check on you sometime during the day and try to gauge if you are having a good day or bad, and hoping, if I am having a bad-goat day, that you will help me put it all in focus!

Happy Day to you!

Matty

freetobeme - Anita said...

I wonder how long I've been reading, I don't know. Long enough to really appreciate you!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Happy blogaversary! Three years is a long time - I'm sure I'll run out of things before then!

Manuela

Anonymous said...

Wow! Three years. Thanks for keeping at it; you are such an inspiration!

Friend Debra

Deb said...

Brenda ~~ happy 3-year Blogging Birthday!! I appreciate your faithfulness in posting. Keep up the good work!

Susan P. said...

I have also had the privilege of "knowing" you for quite awhile. I believe I found you when Mrs. Wilt recommended you to her readers. I'm so glad I listened to her! Your blog home is filled with such wisdom, and the love you have for the Lord, home, and family comes through in each word you type. Here's the another three years!!!!!!!!!

Abounding Treasures said...

Happy Blog-iversary Brenda!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations....I enjoy your blog very, very much...you are indeed a blessing in my life.

Gretchen said...

Happy Birthday! I just discovered your blog not long ago but I know you have great things to share.

Thanks, Gretchen

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed, Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading your blog very much.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Happy Blogeversary!

I have enjoyed getting to "know" you through reading your blog. I appreciate your heart, and I also love books and tea!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogaversary! I have been so blessed from reading your blog.I hope you continue for years to come!
Monica

Lori said...

Brenda,

Thank you so much for sharing your heart with all of us. I have found much comfort in your words that has helped me through my rough days.

Thanks,
Lori

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Brenda, your blog was the first one I had ever read. My sister in law showed it to me in November of 2007. You are so inspiring to me. You have so much wisdom and sharing about your chronic illness has been so comforting to me. Not everyone is patient with folks with chronic illnesses.I, too, deal with daily pain and used to know much more energy and freedom to get around. You have so many of the same values and beliefs I do. The Lord has blessed you with a special gift to write and share with us. Trish

Heather L. said...

Somehow I feel you've been around longer than 3 years! :) But i've only been reading for 2. I'm so glad you started blogging!

Anonymous said...

Boy, I need to keep up better with your blog. I'm not on the computer everyday anymore (which is a good thing!) and so I get behind.
Happy Birthday! I still remember finding you thru a post by Mrs. Wilt. Your blog is still my favorite. :)
joanna
p.s. blogiversary hugs (((()))))!!!